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Pizza and pumpkins and pumpkin seeds

A few weeks ago the medium-sized pumpkins were 2 for 3$ at the grocery store. Perfect for medium-sized twins. We coloured on them and put them in the window for sukkot. Now Halloween is approaching so we will carve the sukkot pumpkins for some secular fun. And eat the seeds. This last part is very important. Seeds are good for you but seeds are also super yummy. especially covered in salt and spices. Continue reading Pizza and pumpkins and pumpkin seeds


Red Pepper Dip (Dairy free and vegan)

dip3 Quick and easy this dip was a hit! It has been a personal challenge to make good, dairy free dips for the dip lover in the house. This was a win.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Serves: 4                                                                                       Prep time: 5 min

2 tbsp  mayo (Nayonaise)
2 tbsp sour cream (Toffuti)
2 tsp roasted red pepper from a jar (S&F)
1 tsp  garlic from same jar (if your jar doesnt have garlic, I am sure you can use fresh just press it with a garlic press and use  little less)


Mince the garlic and pepper and mix all ingredients together.

If you are 4, swirl with ketchup while you eat.

Goes great with all kinds of oven fries.

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Shades of Grey (no not that kind)

First get your mind off the trilogy.

We all tend to gravitate to a way of thinking and being. I struggle however to define myself, in the past or the present. But I know that I tend to value the finer colours on the spectrum between black and white thinking but that in the darker moments of my life I run to the extremes and find comfort there. Being “nearly” vegan is for me is about being comfortable in the grey. I get thrown off by the fundamentalist vegans proselytising their way of life, as if it is the only valid one. Unfortunately right now with the state of animal welfare and factory farms its hard to see a world where the omnivore can also be making choices that do right by the animals we have been granted to help sustain us. That said, I do have a good idea of what I value, of the verb or descriptor I would most like to guide my life, and that is Continue reading Shades of Grey (no not that kind)

Wibbly Wobbly Life

image credit: from linkedin post.
image credit: from linkedin post.

Change loss and inspiration from the blogs around us.

Life hands us a lot of opportunity to deal with change. in many forms. In welcoming new into our lives as well as saying goodbyes. Sometimes at the same time, sometime the same event is both, regardless we enduring a lot of it. The birth of a child and becoming a parent, the loss of our own parents,  new jobs, lost jobs, health conditions, marriage, divorce, a new pet, a new iPhone 6 or blackberry passport. Our lives fail to follow a linear path but rather amble along and sometimes in loops. we stumble at times. sometimes we fall flat on our face, but life is not the destination, it is the journey.

This Mommy blogger put the experience of becoming a parent so eloquently and succinctly. The message I left with is one I try to apply widely to my life: it is hard, it is work, but it isn’t hard and it isn’t work, it is what it is and that is OK. When I think of change, I often associate it with loss, even positive changes feel like they come at a price. It is hard finding the balance between these two at times.

This year as I have mentioned I experienced a loss, a major loss, the breakup of a future marriage. 4 years ago I experienced another major life change, the birth of twins.  In the in-between I have lost 2 grandparents, have seen my own health suffer, have gained new skills, promotions at work and moved, just to name a few. Lots of change! Add to that, the simple truth that having children means living constant change.

When thinking about the post on parenting and my interpretation of change as loss, I thought of the post I read recently on the crossroads which brought the concept of loss and the emotions we go through home for me this week. Religiously, it s a time of renewal (rosh hashanna) and repentance (yom kippur). It is also the hebrew calendar anniversary of his proposal. Loss, I am feeling it. It is making this a very difficult holiday because I want to be happy.  But maybe, like other things in life, it is what it is and that’s ok. for now.


In the meantime, in honour of the change of fall, check out this fall themed meal we had for dinner!


pumpkin dinner

The recipe for the salads

The others coming soon!

Rosh Hashanna with food restrictions.


Holidays in Judaism are heavy on the symbolism. Those symbols are usually foods. At Rosh Hashanna this is all things sweet, new harvest foods. Great sounds easy. Then you learn that it is almost all heavy in either dairy or eggs. Thankfully nothing traditional features nuts, (there are some who say they should be avoided by everyone at this meal) so we are safe from repeating the haroset at Passover that I was terrified my unwitting child would get into when I wasn’t looking.

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Maple Apple Breakfast Sandwich


bagel4Deliciously sweet and savoury this apple horned sandwich was a hit with the kids and on Twitter. So, I have decided to share it with you. Yes its full of store-bought stuff but hey, we all need to save time and still eat delightful foods!

The story, last Sunday I was somewhat (very) sleep deprived after being up with a child with a disgustingly runny nose all night. I was irritable and for some reason I was annoyed that yet again they wanted cereal from a box for breakfast. Seriously, I am wide awake in the morning and that is when I have the most energy to cater to them, please at least make it interesting. So I tried to sell them on brunch…. I won when I said Tofurky and cream cheese!

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